The NFL Draft has come and gone, and you know Inside the Iggles isn’t short n opinions. For this one, we broke down every selection in a single sentence.
It wasn’t perfect, but it was just about as good as anyone could hope for. In one swoop (pun intended), the Philadelphia Eagles added five new prospects to a roster that includes a decent mix of young talent and veteran leadership.
Philly intended to add key pieces at important spots. They traded up in one instance and traded back in another, and though it’s way too early to determine the ceiling for any of their five selections, this version of the NFL Draft went fairly well.
Here are the new Eagles:
Okay, so it’s not perfect. There are a couple of glaring omissions. There are no linebackers. They didn’t take any cornerbacks. Expect a few undrafted rookies to sign deals in the next few days to get them into training camp (you can expect at least a couple of them to play corner or linebacker).
Until then (and possibly for weeks after that), expect the guys they did take to be analyzed in every way possible. ITI’s just getting started. We’re watching film as well. For now, here’s one sentence to summarize each selection.
Round 1, pick 22: T Andre Dillard
Trading up in Round 1 was wise as Philly may have come up with an offensive tackle who will be in All-Pro discussions for a long time.
Round 2, pick 53: RB Miles Sanders
To put it simply, this is the tailback a lot of fans and media expected ‘The Birds’ to take in the slot they were expected to take him in (us included).
Round 2, pick 57: JJ Arcega-Whiteside
Philly may have a potential steal on their hands if this is the Alshon Jeffery clone that quite a few football pundits are claiming he is.
Round 4, pick 138: DE Shareef Miller
He’ll have to get better at quite a few fundamental things if he expects to have a long career, but the belief is, with the proper coaching, Miller could become a starter at some point.
Round 5, pick 167: QB Clayton Thorson
Eagles chairman and CEO said he wanted his team to select a quarterback, and they responded by getting a guy some believe is worth the investment (especially if Nate Sudfeld eventually leaves to compete for a starting job elsewhere).